Lady Margaret's Pin Cushion

Timezone 2: 11-13 May 2023 (4-10pm UK time)

Create a unique pincushion or frame based on the beautiful marble effigy, within St Lawrence’s Church in Appleby, of Lady Margaret, Lady Anne Clifford’s mother. In this class students will learn various metal thread embroidery techniques as well as how to make the embroidery into a pincushion.

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate 

Class fee: £350 (includes kit)

Workshop Pack Includes:
Ground fabric of silk dupion, Gold work parts, needles, instructions


Equipment required:
7 x 11 inch bar frame, table clamp with a versatile clamp, scissors for metal and silk thread

Design size:
8 x 12 cm (3 x 6 in)

Fabric size:
30 x 20 cm (6 x 8 in)

Sarah's breadth of knowledge of metal thread embroidery is a gift to any embroiderer interested in this subject

Sarah Rakestraw​

Sarah Rakestraw

United Kingdom

Sarah Rakestraw shares her passion for metal thread embroidery with others through her designs and workshops and her company Golden Hinde (metal thread and equipment supplier). Sarah has a degree in business and financial management and is a Chartered Accountant as well as a recommended Embroiderers Guild Tutor. She has been teaching Goldwork for over 15 years.

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Sarah's Past Festival Workshops

Goldwork Notebook

This workshop was offered during the May 2022 Festival 

This class covers all the main wires and threads and other materials used in Goldwork: stitches used through the ages, how to care for your threads and wires, and what equipment you need. Students will enjoy using a selection of stitches and special effects and learn which stitches are appropriate for a selection of shapes and designs. Sarah stocks over 500 threads and wires and her knowledge of these is an absolute gift to the embroiderer.